noun, often attributive
cau·​li·​flow·​er | \ ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce cauliflower (audio) , ˈkä- How to pronounce cauliflower (audio) , -lē-\

Definition of cauliflower

: a garden plant (Brassica oleracea botrytis) related to the cabbage and grown for its compact edible head of usually white undeveloped flowers also : its flower cluster used as a vegetable

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Spicy dishes and gassy foods (such as broccoli or cauliflower) are often avoided, but are actually A-OK to enjoy, per Korean research. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "The Best Breastfeeding Diet," 25 Feb. 2019 This January is a great time to order since incredible dishes like a buttery garlic chicken, general tso's cauliflower and two-cheese polenta will all be on the menu. Glamour, "The 11 Best Healthy Food Delivery Services When You Just Can't With Grocery Shopping," 2 Jan. 2019 Trendier options like mango tilapia and fried cauliflower won't be making the cut. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Chili's data breach leaves credit and debit card information exposed," 13 May 2018 At dinner, Kinnaird and her husband usually do a simple protein like chicken, fish, or shrimp with salad or a non-starchy veggie like broccoli or cauliflower. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "The Simple Diet Change That Helped One Woman Get Her Diabetes Under Control," 15 Oct. 2018 Cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower, beets, beans and carrots can go into the ground at 60 degrees. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Birch buds are finally open. It’s time to harden off your plants.," 10 May 2018 The assortment of vegetables growing inside the greenhouse includes red beets, freckled lettuce, Easter egg radish, rainbow carrots, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower. Karen Berkowitz,, "Rundown house becomes gardening lab after anonymous gift to Highland Park school," 24 Apr. 2018 Kayco's Passover-friendly rice made from cauliflower. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "Goodbye Gefilte Fish! Hello Pizza! Passover Rebels Break With Tradition," 30 Mar. 2018 Both varieties of our Cauliflower Pizza Crust are vegan* and made with real, simple ingredients and offer incredible convenience – none of the prep work or cleanup that comes with making a cauliflower crust from scratch. Good Housekeeping, "Introducing NEW Green Giant™ Cauliflower Pizza Crust," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of cauliflower

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cauliflower

Italian cavolfiore, from cavolo cabbage (from Late Latin caulus, from Latin caulis stem, cabbage) + fiore flower, from Latin flor-, flos — more at cole, blow

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cau·​li·​flow·​er | \ ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇-ər How to pronounce cauliflower (audio) , ˈkä-\

Kids Definition of cauliflower

: a vegetable that is a white head of undeveloped flowers and is related to the cabbage

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